Overweight Children May Benefit From Slow Eating

October 2, 2016

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According to a recent study, it’s not only important to teach your kids what they should eat but also at what pace they should eat it. A study published in the Pediatric Obesity journal suggests that a slower food intake can prevent overeating and weight gain with children.

The results were based on a year-long research of 68 school children age 12-13, which proved that children who waited 30 seconds between each bite lost an average of 3.4% of their body weight during that time period, while kids that didn’t watch their pace gained as much as 12.6% of their body weight. At the start of the study, 43.1% of the kids, who live in Durango, Mexico, were either obese or overweight.

The research team, largely from California and Mexico, focused on the development of good table manners rather than on shrinking portions in order to manage overeating.

They also found that slowing down the intake of food can mimic, and even trigger, the feeling of fullness which further explains the percentage of lost body weight.

That feeling, also known as the satiety signal, is generated by hormones, enzymes, and numerous other factors in the gastrointestinal tract.

It usually develops about 15 minutes after the person has started eating. The quantity of the food which is being consumed does not play a role.